After a 8-2 aggregate win over APOEL Nicosia, it is obvious to assume Real Madrid are the hot favourites to win their 10th European title, however, with Barcelona and Bayern Munich still in the running, nothing is guaranteed forMourinho’s boys.
That said, Mourinho has already gone as far as ruling out his former club Chelsea from making the final. It’s still not clear why Mourinho would not give his former side a chance against Barcelona, however, considering their current form, it is not hard to understand why. Chelsea made it through to the last 4 with a hard fought 3-1 aggregate win over Benfica.
Speaking after Madrid’s emphatic win Mourinho labelled Barcelona as the super favourites to defend their title.
“Barcelona aren’t the favourites, they are super-favourites,” Mourinho said.
“Let me be honest, I don’t think the final will be a Real Madrid/Chelsea final. It could be Bayern or Barcelona, I just don’t think it will be Real Madrid v Chelsea and we know why.”
A likely scenario that not many La Liga fans would want to consider is a Bayern v Chelsea final. Chelsea midfielder Lampard said that they will be out for revenge against a side that robbed them out of a final slot 3 years ago.
Speaking after their victory at Stanford Bridge, Lampard revealed that Chelsea still have unfinished business against the Catalans.
“Everyone’s got unfinished business with them,” he told Sky Sports.
“You have to respect they’re the greatest team in the world; they have been and still are at the present time. That game is still in our minds, but this is a completely different year so we need to try and beat them.”
Bayern on the other hand will have all to play for against Madrid as they look to make it to the final which will be hosted in their own stadium. According to their coach Jupp Heynckes, Bayern still have a mountain of a task ahead of them as they prepare to next face Real Madrid.
Some good news for Bayern is that top scorer Mario Gomez has committed his future to the club after recently signing a new deal that will keep him at the Allianz Arena until 2016.
“I’ve always said that Bayern is a great club and that I feel comfortable here. I am, therefore, glad this contract extension has now been agreed. I am excited about the future here.” Gomez told the club’s official website.
There you have it, a pair of semi finals to look forward to. Who do you think will make it to Munich? Let us know who your dream finalists are?
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